Enough of Bess Price, who is she anyway?
Call a spade a spade, whatever way you look at it, the intervention by Howard and Brough was a racist act. Those that support the intervention are supporting discrimination, and the debate has become personal.
The Australian is leading the way with consistent attacks on the people who are opposed to the intervention. The Australian is using its stable of “Aboriginal Leaders” to convince a wider audience that selected racism is ok as long as it is against Aborigines.
Those journalists, working for The Australian newspaper must know deep down that what they are doing is against all common journalistic decency. First and foremost the Australian public expect better from you as journalists. To put a highly educated black woman up against a traditional woman with a limited grasp of the English language and the comprehension of the simplest construction of words, is a sign of a decaying and morally bankrupt newspaper.
The community person is always going to win the popularity stakes simply because the readers of the Australian believe that the community person is the real Aboriginal, and the other person is the smart arse academic.
Labor, in not rolling back the intervention, failed its own social conscious test shamefully; the “light on the hill” is no longer a battle cry for the poor and downtrodden that Labor once stood for. The Labor party has moved so far from its principles, that they are in competition with the opposition in a race to see to see which party can be the biggest bastards to Aboriginal peoples and refugees.
The well respected UN Special Raporteur, on human rights, Professor James Anaya states that the intervention is clearly discriminatory and puts Australia in breach of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Bess Price in a monosyllabic response to a question from Tony “I’ll take that as a comment” Jones said that he (I guess she meant the UN Raporteur) did not visit everyone, meaning I guess her.
He did hold a meeting at Tangentyere council which was an open forum, where he did meet people there after the forum. The question is, where were you Bess? You had every opportunity to ask a question and put your point of view, others there did so.
There has been many forums in Alice Springs where you could put your point of view, but have chosen not to, “better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and leave no doubt”.